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In Defense of Legal Positivism: Law Without Trimmings

Matthew H. Kramer


As an uncompromising defense of legal positivism, this book insists on the separability of law and morality. After distinguishing among three main dimensions of morality, the book explores a variety of ways in which law has been perceived by natural-law theorists as integrally connected to each of those dimensions. Some of the chapters pose arguments against major philosophers who have written on these issues, including David Lyons, Lon Fuller, Antony Duff, Joseph Raz, Ronald Dworkin, John Finnis, Philip Soper, Neil MacCormick, Robert Alexy, Gerald Postema, Stephen Perry, and Michael Moore. Se ... More

Keywords: legal positivism, Ronald Dworkin, H. L. A. Hart, Joseph Raz, John Finnis, Lon Fuller, law, morality, jurisprudence, natural law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge
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